Roger Goodell: Bears 'looking to the long term' with Arlington Park bid

"This is a really early stage to develop potentially an alternative," Goodell said of the Bears' bid.

(670 The Score) With the Bears having formally placed a bid on the Arlington Park property, the team is exploring a potential future away from Soldier Field.

Whether the Bears intend to leave Soldier Field for Arlington Heights -- or if the bid is to gain leverage as part of a fight with the city of Chicago on issues with their current stadium -- remains to be seen. On that topic, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wouldn't speculate on where the Bears will play in the future other than to acknowledge the team's bid on Arlington Park as a step toward a possible move.

"I don't know the answer to that question other than to know this is a really early stage to develop potentially an alternative," Goodell said Wednesday on 670 The Score as part of the What About Chicago Radiothon. "But I think a lot has to be done here. I know their commitment to the Chicago area is 110%, and that's the most important thing to me.

"We have a long lease at Soldier Field. It's a great place. But we're all looking to the long term and trying to look at alternatives, and that's what the Bears are doing.

"But I think for fans right now, I wouldn't be focused on that. There's a lot that has to go into this. Right now, let's enjoy the '21 season. A lot of excitement for the Bears."

The Bears' current lease with the Chicago Park District to play at Soldier Field runs through 2033. The team could potentially buy out the remainder of that lease to leave its lakefront home before the expiration. Arlington Park has been approved to accommodate a football stadium, the Tribune reported Wednesday.

Goodell joined 670 to discuss the What About Chicago Radiothon on Wednesday after having been a key contributor to Austin Harvest, the beneficiary of this radiothon. He was present for the groundbreaking last summer in Austin.

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